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A Veteran's Benefit You Should Know about DD FORM 214 - EXTRA SOCIAL
SECURITY BENEFIT for those with active duty between January 1957 to December
DD FORM 214 - SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT please share this with anyone who had
active duty service between January 1957 to December 31, 2001, and planning
for retirement. Briefly, it boils down to this: You qualify for a higher
social security payment because of your Military service, for active duty
any time from 1957 through 2001 (the program was done away with 1 January
2002). Up to $1200 per year of earnings credit credited at time of
application - which can make a substantial difference in social security
monthly payments upon your retirement. You must bring your DD-214 to the
Social Security Office and you must ask for this benefit to receive it! This
is something to put in your files for when you apply for Social Security
down the road. It is NOT just for retirees, BUT anyone who has served on
active duty between January 1957 to December 31, 2001. FYI - this benefit is
not automatic, you must ask for it!
Special Extra Earnings for Military Service
Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including
active duty for training), you paid Social Security taxes on those earnings.
Since 1988, inactive duty service in the Armed Forces reserves (such as
weekend drills) has also been covered by Social Security.
Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military
service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social
Security purposes. These extra earnings credits may help you qualify for
Social Security or increase the amount of your Social Security benefit.
Special extra earnings credits are granted for periods of active duty or
active duty for training. Special extra earnings credits are not granted for
inactive duty training.
If you're active military service occurred
. From 1957 through 1967, we will add the extra credits to your record
when you apply for Social Security benefits.
. From 1968 through 2001, you do not need to do anything to receive
these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record.
. After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military
How You Get Credit for Special Extra Earnings
The information that follows applies only to active duty military service
earnings from 1957 through 2001. Here's how the special extra earnings are
credited on your record:
Service in 1957 Through 1977
You are credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter
in which you received active duty basic pay.
Service in 1978 through 2001
For every $300 in active duty basic pay, you are credited with an additional
$100 in earnings up to a maximum of $1,200 a year. If you enlisted after
September 7, 1980, and didn't complete at least 24 months of active duty or
your full tour, you may not be able to receive the additional earnings.
Check with Social Security for details.
Note: Change in special military service credits.
In January 2002, Public Law 107-117, the Defense Appropriations Act, stopped
the special extra earnings that have been credited to military service
Military service in calendar year 2002 and future years no longer qualifies
for these special extra earnings credits.
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